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Guide to the Jeanette Olliver student work, 1941-1943

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Olliver, Jeanette
Jeanette Olliver student work, 1941-1943
0.3 linear ft: 8 folders
The collection consists of Jeanette Olliver's student work in the form of lecture notes, detail sketches and course materials representing her work in the Parsons Interior Architecture and Decoration Department in the early 1940s.

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Biographical note

Jeanette Olliver attended classes in the Interior Architecture and Decoration Department of Parsons School of Design (now, Parsons The New School for Design) between 1941 and 1943.

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Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection consists of Jeanette Olliver's student work. Originally housed in a notebook, the materials span the years 1941 to 1943, and contain lecture notes, notes from field trips, and research. Lecture note topics include the interior decorating profession; architectural and interior decoration terminology and concerns; use of color, fabrics, and furniture; and the historical development of furniture styles. On her own or as a member of a class group, Olliver visited prominent museums, mansions, showrooms, and landmark buildings throughout New York City. Her notebook includes reports she made about architectural and furniture styles encountered, as well as the decorating principles they exemplify. The bulk of the collection consists of Olliver's student research material in the form of notes, clippings, and drawings. Of particular note are sketches and renderings by Olliver of architectural features, furniture details, window coverings, and doors.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Collection guide written by Will Edmiston in 2010; Initial processing completed by Anne Kumer in 2005.

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives September 15, 2010

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Mrs. Richard D. Anderson (Jeanette Olliver), 2002.

External Support

The processing of this collection was supported in part by a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust.

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Related Materials

Researchers may wish to consult the Kellen Design Archive’s additional holdings of student work from the Interior Design Department to gain perspective on interior design education.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Parsons School of Design. Interior Design Dept.


  • Lecture notes.
  • Notebooks.
  • Student projects.
  • Tracings (drawings).


  • Interior decoration -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Field trips: Class, 1941  k_2 1
Field trips: Personal, 1941-1942  k_2 2
Lecture notes, 1941-1943  k_2 3
Research: General, circa 1942  k_2 4-6
Research: Chippendale, between 1941 and 1943  k_2 7
Research: French Empire, between 1941 and 1943  k_2 8

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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